PDA pushes for new contractor model, where contracts lie with pharmacists not owners
Community pharmacy contracts should lie with pharmacists rather than pharmacy owners, chairman of the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Mark Koziol said at the annual PDA conference this week (26–27 February 2011).
Pharmacists are often pressured by owners to put commercial interests ahead of patient care, which is damaging workplace relationships and hindering service commissioning, said Mr Koziol.
“The number of employer-locum disputes continues to grow, and that is one of the main reasons why we’ve spent so much time, effort and energy in trying to drive this individual contractor model. . . . It could be the difference between us being able to successfully deploy new services or not,” he said.
The PDA wants to work with other pharmacy organisations to develop new contractor models, he said, adding: “We need to understand why services have been hampered in the past. We believe this is a major cause, and we need to put pharmacists . . . out of harm’s way.”
In recent years the PDA has also seen a worrying increase in the number of civil claims made against pharmacists, mostly in relation to dispensing errors, said Mr Koziol.
“This is worrying for the PDA from a number of fronts, not least of which it is now beginning to seriously cost us large sums of money.
“We haven’t yet got to the point where we’re going to see big increases in membership fees, but if it carries on like this . . . it is inevitable that the claims of the few need to be paid for by the premiums of the many,” he said.
Revising the contractor model is one of the proposals in the PDA’s “new pharmacy roadmap”, which the union is currently developing and plans to submit to health minister Andrew Lansley within the next month.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11069675
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